This course is an elementary and practical introduction to the analytical and terminological distinctions that are relevant to the study of the structure of English words and sentences. It will pay due attention to variation in the way they are covered and distinguished in different grammar books. All classes will involve practical analysis of linguistic material. A key part of the course will be an individual assignment in which students critically compare two grammar books with the prescribed course text.
Topics to be discussed will include: grammar vs. syntax, the structure of words, lexical and phrasal categories, constituency, phrasal structure, syntactic functions, sentence types, coordination and subordination, finite vs. non-finite clauses, information packaging.
This course will provide you with the vocabulary you need to be able to talk confidently about sentences, i.e. the units that make up texts, and it will therefore be of interest to you irrespective of whether you are a language or literature-oriented English Studies student. At the end of the course you should master the relevant terminology, be able to identify categories and functions, and to represent the structure of a sentence in a simple tree diagram.
There will be a three-hour combined lecture and interactive exercise session each week.
Assessment for the course is 100% coursework. This is made up of two in-class tests (50%), oral contributions in the exercise sessions (10%) and a final term paper (40%).
Collins, Peter & Carmella Hollo. 2017. English grammar: An Introduction. 3rd Edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan,
A list will be provided at the start of the course.